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Vermont Signs Abortion Rights Bill Into Law


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On Monday, the governor of Vermont signed an bill that would expand abortion rights for women. The bill states that a "public entity shall not deny or interfere with an individual’s fundamental rights to choose or refuse contraception or sterilization or to choose to carry a pregnancy to term, to give birth to a child, or to obtain an abortion. No State or local law enforcement shall prosecute any individual for inducing, performing, or attempting to induce or perform the individual’s own abortion.”


The governor of Vermont, Phill Scott, has stated that he supports abortion rights, despite being a Republican. “Like many Vermonters, I have consistently supported a woman’s right to choose," Scott stated. "This legislation affirms what is already allowable in Vermont – protecting reproductive rights and ensuring those decisions remain between a woman and her health care provider."


The bill was signed into law a month after many states began making laws that would heavily restrict abortions.

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